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Wearing Colored Contact Lenses This Halloween? Beware and Take Care!

Countless adults, teens and even children will be wearing colored contact lenses this Halloween, but few are aware of the risks involved. Ever wondered what those cat-eye contacts are doing to your eyes? If you got them without a prescription, beware of health complications.

Enjoy a safe and happy Halloween by educating yourself and others about the dangers of wearing colored contact lenses without a prescription.

Why Can Over-The-Counter Colored Contact Lenses Cause Eye Damage?

Contact lenses made to change one’s appearance go by many names: cosmetic, theatrical, Halloween, circle, decorative, colored, or costume contact lenses. While it’s illegal to sell colored contact lenses without a prescription, authorities rarely enforce the law — which means they’re still accessible in many places.

Many people believe that wearing non-prescription color contact lenses can cause no harm. This unfortunate myth has led to many contact lens complications. For instance, when a person feels that a contact lens is “dry”, it could be because the lens is not a good fit. Ideally, the lens should follow the contour of the eye, and stay centered, with enough lens movement to allow tear exchange beneath the lens.

Azman Eye Care Specialists Eye Clinic and Colored Contact Lenses, Halloween in Timonium, Maryland

Many eye diseases can be quickly and easily diagnosed during a comprehensive eye exam. If you were diagnosed with an eye disease, such as Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular degeneration, Diabetic retinopathy, or Dry eye, you may be overwhelmed by the diagnosis and confused about what happens next. Will you need medications or surgery – now or in the future? Our Timonium eye doctor has prepared the following answers to your questions about eye disease.

Furthermore, non-medical colored contact lenses are often produced by unlicensed manufacturers that tend to use inferior plastic and toxic materials, such as lead (often used in lens coloring), which can get absorbed through the eyes into the bloodstream. These illegal lenses may also contain high levels of bacteria from unsanitary packaging, shipping, and storage conditions.

Therefore, purchasing any kind of contact lenses without a prescription or medical oversight can result in a variety of eye complications, such as corneal abrasions, eye sores, conjunctivitis, other eye infections, vision impairment and, in rare cases, even permanent vision loss.

Even if you have perfect vision, all contact lenses, including colored contacts, require a prescription and proper fitting by an optometrist.

Contact us at Azman Eye Care Specialists and make an appointment with us to get properly examined for a contact lens prescription.

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The Dos and Don’ts of Colored Contact Lenses

DO make sure you undergo a comprehensive eye exam by an optometrist who will measure your eyes and properly fit you for contact lenses.

DO get a valid prescription that includes the measurements, expiration date and the contact lens brand name.

DO purchase the decorative contact lenses from a reliable retailer (hint: they should demand a prescription.)

DO follow the contact lens hygiene directives (cleaning, inserting and removing lenses) provided by your eye doctor.

DO make sure to undergo follow-up eye exams as directed by your eye care professional.

DON’T ever share contact lenses with anyone else.

So don’t let an eye infection get in the way of your fun this Halloween.

Wearing decorative lenses without a valid prescription can result in serious harm to your eyes, which can haunt you long after October 31st.

Get your comprehensive eye exam and contact lens fitting by an eye doctor in Timonium at Azman Eye Care Specialists.

Call Azman Eye Care Specialists on 410-561-8050 to schedule an eye exam with our Timonium optometrist.

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Multifocal / Bifocal Contact Lenses

Bifocal and Multifocal Contact Lenses

If your work or lifestyle prevents you from comfortably wearing bifocals or multifocal eyeglasses, or if you are tired of constantly putting on and taking off your reading glasses, our doctors can evaluate to see if bifocal or multifocal contact lenses are for you.

Our meticulous bifocal and multifocal contact lens evaluation will allow us to tailor the design, material and brand of contact lens to your unique eye characteristics to attain the perfect fit: the lens that provides the best combination of all day comfort, long term eye health and crisp clear vision at all distances.

Soft and Gas Permeable Multifocal and Bifocal Designs

The following is a partial list of designs. We do not endorse a certain design because one design may work fine for you but the same design may do very little for others. Only a comprehensive contact lens evaluation can determine which design is best suited for your particular eye characteristics.

  • Omni lenses – modified version of monovisionTranslating – alternates between near and distance
  • Omni SynergEyes – hybrid of soft and gas permeable
  • Monovision lenses – single vision- multifocal right near left nearAspheric lenses – back front multi- near center- distance centerProgressive design
  • Concentric center design – near center- distance center-alternating
  • Crescent designAstigmatic multifocal bifocal designs – with any above combinations

Soft and Gas Permeable Multifocal and Bifocal Brands

The following is a partial list of the leading brands. We do not endorse any one certain brand because one brand may work fine for you but the same contact lens may do very little for others. Only a comprehensive contact lens evaluation can determine which brand is best suited for your particular eye characteristics.

SOFT BRANDS

  • Accuve bifocal
  • Air optix multifocal
  • Purevision multi-focal
  • Proclear multifocal
  • Proclear multifocal toric
  • Cibasoft progressive toric
  • C-vue toric multifocalC-vue multifocalHorizon bicon toric
  • Metrofocal toric
  • PolyvueHorizon progressive
  • Flexlens multifocalSoflens multifocal
  • UnilensUCL multifocal
  • Proclear ep
  • Synergy waveHD2
  • HDX2CV ASPHERIC
  • Focus progressives
  • Frequency 55 multifocal

GAS PERMEABLE BRANDS – custom design

Soft and Gas Permeable Multifocal and Bifocal Materials

Below is a partial list of materials. We do not endorse any one particular material because one material may work fine for you but the same material may do very little for others. The main factor that determines material compatibility with your eye is your tear structure. Only a comprehensive tear analysis and lid evaluation can determine which material is best suited for your eyes . The wrong material can lead to discomfort and an unhealthy eye condition.

SOFT MATERIALS silicone hydrogel and many hybridshema many hybrids
GAS PERMEABLE MATERIALS FLUROSILICONE ACRYLATESILICONE ACRYLATEFLUORO-SILICATE ACRYLICSTRYLSILONEFLURO-SILOXANYL STYRENE

Contact Lenses for Astigmatism

Contact Lens for Astigmatism, Optometrist in Timonium, MD

Azman Eye Care Specialists are the top contact lens practice in Maryland. When patients want the best in eye care and contact lenses they go to Azman Eye Care. Patients from surrounding states, Virginia, Washington DC, Pennsylvania, and Delaware come to Azman Eye Care Contact Lens Specialists for the superior contact lens care.

Our practice is specifically designed, equipped, and staffed to provide the contact lens patient with nothing but the finest in professional care. As contact lens specialists, we have successfully treated thousands of patients with contact lenses, including many who were previously told they could not wear contact lenses.

When it comes to personalized contact lens care, no doctor can match the attention given by Dr. Benjamin Azman. The Azman team is world renowned for their expertise, unwavering commitment to superb patient care, passion, and education in providing personalized eye care for their patients.

Contact Lenses for Astigmatism

In the past, the only way to correct astigmatism was with glasses. Treating astigmatism with contact lenses is somewhat complex. Astigmatism is caused by not having a perfectly round cornea. Contact lenses can be utilized to correct astigmatism, but have to sit on the cornea precisely the right way. Special corrective lenses, like toric and other contact lenses, can be prescribed for astigmatism. After a thorough examination, Dr. Azman will determine the ideal contact lens prescription for your astigmatism.

Our meticulous contact lens evaluation will allow us to custom tailor the design, material, and brand of contact lens to the unique characteristics of your eye to attain the perfect fit: the lens that provides the best combination of all day comfort, long term eye health and crisp clear vision at all distances.

Our contact lens specialists will take all factors into consideration to prescribe
the best contact lens system for you:

Scleral Specialty Lenses Timonium, MD

Scleral Lenses Specialists in Maryland


Scleral lenses are specialized contact lenses that make contact lens use possible for many people for the first time – and they have advantages for normal contact lens wearers as well.

A scleral lens is a larger lens that rests on the sclera or white of the eye, rather than the colored portion (or iris). The lens has many advantages which can make contact lens wear an option for those who have previously been told otherwise.

The lens, which covers a larger area than a normal contact lens, creates a pocket filled with artificial tears, fitting securely around the eye. Due to their size, scleral lenses provide sharper vision, greater durability, easier handling and a lower risk for complications.

We have a unique library of scleral contact lens solutions for you.


Schedule a scleral lens screening

Are you one of the 5 patient types that would likely benefit from a scleral lens?

Candidates Include Patients with:

  1. Allergies
  2. High or complicated prescriptions that have been told they can’t wear contact lenses.
  3. Unsuccessful history with other lenses either due to poor comfort or poor vision.
  4. Keratoconus or any type of corneal degeneration or dystrophy, transplants, scarring or trauma or post-LASIK complications.
  5. Dry eyes or high sensitivity to light or Steve Johnson Syndrome.

What are the 5 main benefits of a scleral lens vs. a regular lens?

  1. Easier to insert and remove.
  2. Improved, consistent quality of vision all day long.
  3. Better comfort. Other lenses may dry out and get uncomfortable.
  4. Longer lasting. With proper maintenance, they can last over a year.

What are three key differences in the scleral lens technology?

  1. The lens doesn’t touch the cornea but rests on the sclera or the white part of the eye to increase comfort.
  2. Microscopic adjustments to the lenses can be made with new advanced manufacturing technology to customize the fit of each lens to each patient’s unique needs.
  3. Can add highly customized, unique prescriptions onto each lens to provide even better vision.
Schedule a scleral lens screening

Special Instances That Can Benefit from Scleral Lenses


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Legal Blindness:
It is not uncommon for someone who is legally blind from a corneal irregularity to regain great vision. This lens design provides a protective cushion of saline that can reduce pain and photosensitivity caused by other lens designs.
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Sports:
Scleral lenses are great for athletes who require excellent acuity and a stable lens fit while they are physically active.

They are also useful in situations where other contact lens types are not effective or appropriate, including dusty environments and contact sports.

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Protective & Therapeutic:
Scleral lenses can provide hydration to the cornea in severe cases of dry eye and ocular pemphigoid.
They can also help in keeping the eye hydrated in conditions where the eyelids do not close properly such as facial nerve palsy, trauma, or ptosis.

Schedule a scleral lens screening

Custom Fit
We customize the lenses to the exact specifications of each individual wearer.

The entire process may take several visits in order to optimize the design and ensure the process of application and removal is comfortable and efficient. For these reasons professional fees associated with fitting scleral lenses and lens replacement costs are higher than other contact lenses. We are happy to discuss your specific costs based on your individual needs.

A WIDE SELECTION OF CONTACT LENSES

These include disposable soft contact, bifocal/multifocal, toric, and scleral lenses. Whether you wear daily, weekly or monthly disposables, or conventional (vial) lenses, check out our selection of lenses at Azman Eye Care Specialists.

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Contact Lens Fitting in Timonium, MD

It starts with a thorough eye exam to ensure the most up-to-date prescription and rule out any  pre-existing conditions that could interfere with contact lens wear.

Fitting lenses to your lifestyle
We will determine the best fitting lens based on your lifestyle needs and the shape and health of your eye. In most cases, you’ll have the opportunity to try lenses on the same day as your exam. You can even go home with a few samples before making a final decision.

Follow up fittings
We follow up the initial fitting and then make any necessary changes in fit or materials to get you the best possible fit. We teach all our patients proper contact lens care and also possible consequences if proper care is not taken. Then we continue with long-term follow-up to monitor the condition of the lenses and to ensure that proper hygiene is being maintained.

Our practice is specifically designed, equipped, and staffed to provide the contact lens patient with nothing but the finest in professional care. As contact lens specialists, we have successfully treated thousands of patients with contact lenses, including many who were previously told they could not wear contact lenses.

Our contact lens specialists will take all factors into consideration to prescribe the best contact lens system for you: To Schedule appointment Call 410.561.8050

When it comes to personalized contact lens care, no doctor can match the attention given by Dr. Benjamin Azman of Azman Eye Care Specialists. Our eye care clinic is renowned for our expertise, unwavering commitment to superb patient care, passion, and education in providing personalized eye care for contact lens patients.

Contact Lens, Eye Care in Timonium, MD

Our Contact Lens Services:

  • Hybrid contacts
    The same great feeling of soft contacts for hard-to-fit patients.
  • middle aged man
    We carry a variety of specialty contact lenses to help mild to severe cases of keratoconus.
  • middle aged woman
    We carry contact lenses that avoid dryness, red eyes, or itchiness.